The weiss is idle, am-drammers say
The Villedale Amateur Dramatic Society has called off its end-of-year production of The Sound of Music following a social media campaign. The campaign, an offshoot of recent similar actions to ban actors playing characters with different heights or nose shapes, took exception to the Society’s plan to not cast a real Austrian family with 7 children in supporting roles or use an actual mountain as a backdrop.
Society director Phylis Tyne said the campaign, orchestrated by a group of locals, had forced her to make the difficult decision to cancel the production. “We did our best to come to an agreement with then,” Ms Tyne told WWNews. “Sharon, our lead, actually went to the convent school here and her brother was a priest, until the court case. And we have sourced genuine Viennese tea and bread for the Do Re Mi song. But they wouldn’t stop posting their hate speech, and we decided it wasn’t safe to continue.”
WWNews understands there was a last-ditch attempt to save the show by inviting members behind the media campaign to take part in the penultimate chase scene, as the pursuers, but they declined due to another booking and tractor issues.